Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Further to the great success of the photo competitions since we went digital
for the first time we invite you to take part again this year. Please submit
your photos before the end of January.
There is now a category for the Best Group Photo thus catering for the many
photographers who have taken good photos of a mixed group of cyclists. The
winner in this category will receive the brand new Pete Mitchell Memorial
Please use this method for sending the photos to us:
Visit this website: https://dbinbox.com/swlda_competition
Enter the access code: "WingedWheel"
Using your File Manager locate the photo(s) on your computer and
drag them onto the big turquoise rectangle.
You may find it easier to click on the "+Choose Files" button and
select, then 'open', each photo using your file manager.
Repeat this for each of the photos you intend to submit.
N.B. When using this website to transfer photos it is not necessary to sign
up to dbinbox or Dropbox even if you are invited to do so.
Send an email to me, Tim, confirming the name and CTC membership number of
the photographer, and for each photo list:
the filename (e.g. P1040276.jpg)
the competition category for which the photo is being entered
a short, descriptive caption
The rules and categories are simple:
Competition Period: Photos taken during the 2015 calendar year.
Your photos must all illustrate a connection to cycling by depicting a
bicycle for example, or other cycling association.
You may submit a photo or photos for every category.
6.1. Person (male) or people
6.2. Person (female) or people
6.6. Humorous or funny
6.7. Best group photo
Note that the award for a winning photograph in each category will be given
to the photographer who took the picture, not to the model.
[If the method for submitting photos described above does not work for you
please let me know as there may be a work-around. As a last resort I will
ask you to email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org . Attach a single
photo to each email and in your message give the information about the
photographer, category and each photo, as above.]
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Sunday, 15 November 2015
This all day intermediate ride will follow the Wandle Trail to the exit into the Thames, into Putney and over the bridge to Bishops Park. Then along the North Bank through Hammersmith Riverside to a stop at Chiswick House cafe. Return will be via Chiswick and Richmond to New Malden.
This is a shorter ride, around 30 miles, due to the short hours of daylight and Harry aims to finish by 3:30pm.
Lights, however, are essential, as are waterproofs. There will be no hills to be climbed.
Monday, 19 October 2015
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Amenity Hall on Wednesday 11th November.
The date and time coincides with Armistice Day so we will observe the 2
minute silence before the meeting starts. Please be in the hall by 10:50 to
ensure you that you have time to find a seat before 11 o'clock.
Signing in and distribution of the agenda and other paperwork will take
place after this moment of quiet.
Should you arrive late the silence will be observed in the cafeteria and
throughout the premises by the staff and regular clientele of the Day
It is the custom to award the Arthur Jessop Shield to recognise outstanding
achievement in the club. If you wish to nominate someone for this award
please communicate with the secretary or a member of the committee.
Friday, 9 October 2015
The last ride of the traditional cycling season will leave from
Nonsuch Park at 10am on Saturday the 17th October with a destination
The route will be via South Croydon, Selsdon, Farleigh and Warlingham
and that stretch will include some hills. Thereafter, a fast descent
of Bug Hill takes us through the scenic Marden Park, where the trees
should be in full colour, and down to lunch at Knights Garden Centre
We will then ride through Bletchingly and Merstham before ascending
the North Downs to Chipstead Bottom and Banstead.
There will be some hills, so this is not a ride for the inexperienced,
but I will maintain an easy pace and no one will be dropped on the
climbs. The distance is around 30-35 miles and we should finish by
4pm. Lights are not needed unless it is raining.
Monday, 21 September 2015
Many thanks to Tony for leading on a very enjoyable ride from Waterloo to
Woolwich. In addition to The Barrier and ferry crossing there are many
features to note, The Greenway, Regents Canal and other paths, Limehouse
Basin, views of the City and all those dreaded paving stones are just a few.
Tony chose good weather and good company, The Woolwich Arsenal Museum cafe
offered a varied menu and we were lucky not to suffer any punctures or
Monday, 14 September 2015
On Saturday 19 September Tony Hooker will lead an all day ride from Waterloo Station to Woolwich along the Thames via Greenwich and the Thames Barrier. After crossing the river on the ferry the return will be along the Greenway to Victoria Park and thence to Waterloo around 3:30pm.
Lunch stop TBA.
Last year several people had punctures, so make sure you bring a spare inner tube.
Distance approximately 30 miles with no hills.
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Monday, 10 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015
On Saturday the 15th August Stephanie will lead a ride
to Pyrford Lock departing from Kingston Bridge at 10:00 am.
We will follow the Thames to Weybridge and cross the rail bridge by Coxes Mill, cut through the fruit farm (toilet) join the Wey navigation at Byfleet, following the towpath to the Anglers at Pyrford Lock for lunch. The afternoon will take us through Wisley and Downside, towards Garsons Farm at Esher for tea.
Mostly flat towpaths, so riders on a road bike with small tyres will have a challenge at times, with a little uphill towards Esher in the afternoon. The ride will be 35 - 40 milesMat an easy pace.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Monday, 27 July 2015
14 riders continued on to Horsham where we stopped for a snack. We encountered several hitches on our way to Shoreham, Firstly I took a wrong turning, then Brian got a puncture and then finally we lost two riders after Henfield, we waited for twenty minutes but were unable to find them!
We arrived in Shoreham and took the coastal route until we met John Gould and his family at Hove. After this we all went our separate ways, Six riders went with John to Brighton Marina to celebrate his coming Birthday, Brian cycled back to Horsham, the others took the train and Eddie and I cycled on to Lewes where we stayed at the YHA.
The next day we cycled back home , the weather was nice and sunny and we arrived home about 3.00pm. My thanks to Neil, Angie and Toni for back marking
Monday, 20 July 2015
Pat and Mary Ryan are hosting a barbecue on Saturday the 25th July in their lovely garden in Cheam starting after the rides from 4pm onwards. There is ample parking for bikes. Just
bring something to drink. Pat and Mary will sort all the rest.
Please email or call Pat if you intend to come so we can judge the numbers.
Telephone: 020 8393 5866
Mobile: 07811 302 196
Friday, 10 July 2015
Shoreham. Going over the North Downs at Pebble Hill and through
Newdigate to elevenses in Horsham, thence to the Coast at Shoreham, a
ride of about 50 miles at a moderate pace.
After a lunch stop, Tony will ride along the sea front to Brighton,
where the ride will end. Return will then be by train to East Croydon,
though really energetic riders may ride all or part of the way back.
Monday, 29 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Meet Dawn on Saturday 20 June at 9:50am at the café in Nonsuch Park to depart at 10am. We shall be cycling via Kingston, Teddington Lock, Twickenham, along the river to Richmond - onto Isleworth, Syon
Park, Grand Union Canal. Lunch will be at Osterley Park where there is a café or bring your own. Mid morning coffee will be beside the river at Richmond. Dawn will be bringing cake to share! The return route will be via Richmond Park and will follow a different route back to Nonsuch. This will be easy paced bikeride of around 25 miles maximum.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
After lunch, it was lovely sitting outside, we made our return down Lonesome Lane, round the back of Reigate Garden Centre and into Brockham and the golf course. I would be lost without the golf course! We came across quite a few cyclists luckily coming the other way, taking part in some event. Tea stop was at Annie's in Leatherhead from which point we made our different ways home. Angie"
Monday, 18 May 2015
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Morden Hall Parks to the Wandle trail at Merton Abbey Mills.
Thereafter through Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common to a comfort
break in Battersea Park. Then over Chelsea Bridge to Deans Yard, Horse
Guards Parade, Green Park and Hyde Park where we will pause again by
After this on through Kensington Gardens, Holland Park and Hammersmith
Bridge to Barnes and up to Richmond Park, finally dispersing at New
All in all, about 35 miles ending around 4pm. No hills of any significance
Friday, 10 April 2015
Friday, 3 April 2015
Ron has been a member of the CTC off and on for 70 years as well as the YHA and has cycled in every county in England, Scotland and Wales. He has been coming to the Beginners for the last 9 years after giving up horse riding on Saturdays. He also does recreational rides using the Freedom Pass. He says that climbing hills is becoming more difficult and is now thinking about an Electric assisted bike.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
After rounding Heathrow and having a quick peek at the Great Barn in Harmondsworth we sped along to Harlington on the straight road with a cold wind coming from the left and turned into Cranford Park. Back through Heston we arrived at Osterley and the cosy cafe.
After lunch we went down the cycle path by the A4, crossed a logjam at Kew Bridge and went down to Chiswick Bridge then into Richmond Park via Sheen. Final separation was at Raynes Park.
This ride was a bit longer than the last at 35 miles. Thanks to David for back marking.
I got some photos on this ride , and I will put them up when I can get my iPad working properly.
Monday, 16 March 2015
leaving Kingston from outside TKMAX at 10am to ride around Heathrow to
Depending on the weather, we might detour from the planned route to
Windsor, otherwise read the blog for the 14th to see the route
Let us hope that the equinox brings better weather than we had last week
After a short stop in Harmondsworth for a glimpse of the Great Barn it was the long, straight road through Sipson and Harlington dead into the cold wind with the clouds getting darker by the minute.
What felt like a grind took us through the built up area of Heston, and it was a relief to arrive at Osterley and the welcoming sight of a cosy cafe at 1230.
Leaving the cafe was a shock to the system, as if anything, the air temperature had fallen, though by now the wind was behind as we headed towards Richmond Bridge via Isleworth, thence through the Park to Kingston Gate, where the sun reappeared. At the end of the ride by the A3 underpass, the distance was confirmed as exactly 30 miles. Thanks to Toni for back marking and making sure there were no flats or mechanicals.
Friday, 13 March 2015
So I will be at Kingston Bridge tomorrow the 14th at 10am if anyone has already planned to come, and will also repeat the ride the following Saturday.
Be assured, it is an interesting ride.
Park, Bedfont Lakes and round the end of the runway at Heathrow to
Harmondsworth. Then through Sipson, Cranford and Heston to Osterley
Park NT cafe.
After a break for lunch, through Isleworth, over Richmond Bridge and
through the Park to New Malden.
Distance is about 30 miles with no hills.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Emma rides a Specialized Road Bike she got in 2013 And Steve a Felt Hybrid about four years old. He thinks he might also get a Road Bike in the future, an idea shared by many I suspect.
Here they are, ready for February weather.
Monday, 23 February 2015
After traversing Mitcham on back roads we went up to Tooting Graveney Common and Streatham Hill. It took a while for us all to get across Streatham High Road, but once up Streatham Hill it was all downhill to Dulwich Park. We did a circuit of the Park, as usual full of joggers and footballers, and exited towards Peckham Rye where Helen had a flat conveniently close to the cafe. Luckily David is something of a maestro at repairing flats and this was attended to in the rather keen wind while most sheltered inside the cafe.
Leaving via Nunhead and Telegraph Hill Park in Brockley we descended to the Waterlink Way at Deptford Bridge and thence to the mouth of Deptford Creek. There is a new bridge over the creek to Greenwich where we left the bikes on a stand by the Maritime museum and headed to the several eateries. The Pie and Mash at Goddards is a good place to stop in future.
After reassembling we went up the hill to the viewing point by the Observatory apart from Gemma who had a flat almost immediately. This was repaired again by David and we then navigated through Blackheath Village and Hither Green to Ladywell Fields and the traffic free Waterlink Way. With the wind now behind and some pleasant afternon sun we made our way to Norwood Country Park and the end of the Way close to Croydon.
Getting across Croydon to the top of the Wandle Trail at Waddon Ponds was a bit of an ordeal , especially by West Croydon Station with road works and many buses, and arriving at Beddington Park the ride ended with the majority heading West to Sutton.
I did 34 miles from home at a mainly easy pace. In my view a typical London ride with quiet stretches and surprising amounts of green space mixed with nightmarish main roads. Croydon town centre is definitely a place to be avoided by cyclists. Many thanks to helpers, especially David as the
back marker. Photos are by Neil and myself.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Monday, 19 January 2015
The sun was out by now and we then rode along the Thames Path, Furnival Gardens and Chiswick Mall to Chiswick Park cafe, where we met Stephanie who had mistakenly gone to Nonsuch Park for the start. After a snack some of us decided to head back with Stephanie and some went for a short walk around the famous gardens in bright sunshine.
Two more riders, Patricia and Steve then joined us, having arrived late at the start and sadly too late for a snack before setting off along the Thames through Dukes Meadows to Chiswick Bridge, which was in the process of being repaired, so requiring some careful riding, and along the South Bank of the Thames to the National Archive. The back roads through Kew were pleasantly quiet despite the jets thundering overhead and we halted briefly by Richmond Green and the gatehouse of the former Tudor Palace. Along the riverfront in Richmond we dodged the strollers and made our way to the Ham Gate into Richmond Park, where Angie remarked that she hadn't changed gear once since we began the ride. Along the Tamsin trail, quite dry for the time of year, we headed to Kingston gate before dispersing in New Malden.
Many thanks to Tony for back marking. We had no flats or mechanical breakdowns this time. I did 28 miles from home overall and got back spot on 3pm. Next time I will start a bit later as the cafe at Morden Hall Park only opens at 10am.
Friday, 16 January 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015
10am. We will then ride down the Wandle Trail to the Thames at
Wandsworth, and cross Wandsworth Bridge to the North Bank of the
river. Passing Hurlingham Gardens and going under Putney Bridge, we
will pause at Fulham Palace before continuing up the river past Fulham
Football Ground, Hammersmith Bridge and Chiswick Mall before stopping
for a snack at the cafe in the grounds of Chiswick House.
Later we will continue up the river to Chiswick Bridge where we will
cross over and continue on the South Bank to the National Archive at
Kew where we will then go inland past Kew to Richmond Green. Then
along to Ham and the track along the bottom of Richmond Park to
Kingston Gate, Norbiton and ending after the A3 underpass at Malden
There are no hills on this route and only short sections on roads.
The distance will be about 30 miles at an easy pace, finishing I guess
at around 3.30 pm."